Matcha tea fans, have you heard of PureChimp? This is a fresh and funky matcha tea company with some bright ideas.
I am normally a coffee drinker but seeing all those amazing pictures of matcha green tea and matcha green tea cakes on Instagram made me want to try making my own matcha tea at home, courtesy of PureChimp. Side note: I tried matcha tea ice cream at a sushi restaurant once but I didn’t quite fall in love with it, it tasted too healthy!
Fellow coffee drinkers, take note: a ½ teaspoon serving of matcha tea provides 35mg of caffeine (about half the caffeine of instant coffee).
Matcha tea is versatile: of course you can brew it as a hot drink, adding your own personal touch like adding vanilla, or add it to a smoothie, cereal, muesli and more. Its aromatic, slightly bitter herb taste is very grown up but you can be creative and come up with your own recipes to suit you. I decided to create one sweet and one savoury recipe using matcha tea.
To start I brewed the tea simply by adding hot water and to ensure there were no lumps I actually first mixed the matcha powder with a little cold water (that’s a trick I learned years ago in Italy to make good hot chocolate). I don’t have a fancy cappuccino frother or coffee machine at home but I do have a handheld blender, so I used that to get a bit of froth on top. Mind you, your drink risks getting cold if you aim for a thick foam! I settled for a few bubbles.
Then the creative process started: I wanted to come up with different ways to use matcha tea in cooking, so here are one sweet and one savoury recipe using PureChimp matcha tea.
Gluten-Free Matcha Tea and Hazelnut Mini Cakes
You can increase or lower the amount of sugar you use or replace it with Stevia, xylitol, agave syrup… the choice is yours.
½ teaspoon matcha tea
1 tablespoon sugar
150 grams gluten-free flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
50 grams chopped hazelnuts
50 ml milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
10 grams butter
Make sure the butter is at room temperature. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, matcha, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and hazelnuts. Then add the milk, butter and egg.
Pour the mixture into silicone muffin moulds and bake in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 18-20 minutes.
Matcha Tea, Mushroom and Spinach Roll
I have literally just polished off the plate a few minutes before sitting down to write this recipe: it’s tasty! I am not a fan of cheese but by all means feel free to add it to bind the filling together.
150 grams bread dough
1 teaspoon matcha tea
5 grams butter
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 clove garlic
100 grams wild mushrooms (I used hen of the woods)
100 grams frozen spinach
Pinch of salt and pepper
Add the matcha powder to the bread dough and knead well to combine.
Meanwhile heat the butter in a pan, add the mushrooms (chopped) and the garlic (chopped). Cook on a medium heat for at least 5 minutes, add seasoning, and ensure there is no liquid left in the pan; set aside. In the same pan, add the oil, a splash of water and the frozen spinach and cook for 5 minutes, again making sure that the pan is quite dry at the end. Check for seasoning and if needed add a bit of salt and pepper.
Pre-heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
Roll out the bread dough into a rectangle and spread the mushrooms and spinach in a thin layer. Roll up and place in an oiled baking tray (or silicone tray). Bake for 20 minutes and leave in the oven after switching it off for at least 10 minutes.
PureChimp is the home of the popular #1 selling Super Tea (Matcha Green Tea).
We also have a few morals that we try to live by. We are see ourselves as a conscientious company 🙂
Every single product on our website is 100% natural.
We always like to make our customers happy. We now give 5% of our profits to charity.
We also help to look after the world by using recyclable glass jars, recyclable plastic pouches & recyclable paper when packaging your products.
We try to be fun. Healthy and fun? Too right.
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